Our vision is to deliver a Peer Support Model across the UK to provide every police officer and member of police staff with additional support to complement the support and care they receive locally.
Peer Support ensures that an individual can contact a Peer who will provide support by listening and signposting to appropriate services which will support the wellbeing of all staff.
The Peer Support Model has three distinct offers which are:
Peer Support for Wellbeing Training
Our Peer Support model has been developed throughout 2019/ 2020 and is based on comprehensive international research from Canada, Australia and America.
14 Home Office forces from England and Wales have worked with the National Police Wellbeing Service on its design.
From this research a robust and evidence-based Peer Support model has been designed and implemented in the form of train the trainer workshops, materials, guidance and tools.
This element of the service is for officers and staff, including Occupational Health clinicians who will become Wellbeing Peer Supporters.
To enable the model to function effectively, each force needs a dedicated Peer Support for Wellbeing Coordinator (or equivalent) to ensure that all Wellbeing Peer Supporters are given the correct level of support.
Each force should also have an Occupational Health clinician trained in the Peer Support for Wellbeing model.
Everyone who attends is provided with the tools and guidance together with the training content to allow them to deliver this in their own force and create a network of Oscar Kilo Peer Supporters.
An international evidence base
Not only has this model been developed with UK police forces, our model is also based on comprehensive international research from Canada, Australia and America where police peer support systems have been well established for many years.
This book, ‘Walk the Talk – First Responder Peer Support: Boots on the ground Peer and Trauma Support Systems Guide’ was written to specifically address police-specific peer support and is based on the combined 55 years experience of the two authors.
Their work, and this guidance has been used to help design and shape our work in this area to ensure we can offer a well grounded model that is effective in its support.
Senior Leadership Peer Support and Development Programme
The programme, for senior officers and staff, has been piloted in Lancashire Constabulary. It is based on a resilient leadership programme, which focuses on raising awareness of psychological responses to stress, normalising the stress response, resilient and emotional intelligence leadership, self-care and supporting others.
Individuals will receive personalised support to embed reflective practice into their daily routine. From this group Wellbeing Peer Supporters will be identified and trained to support their colleagues.
National Peer Support Workshop
On an ongoing basis the National Police Wellbeing Service Peer Support for Wellbeing Network will be supported by:
- Networking events;
- Online LinkedIn practitioner community;
- Ongoing CPD training opportunities.
All police forces are eligible to become a National Police Wellbeing Service Peer Support Force, provided, they adhere to the recruitment and selection criteria of the agreed model, together with the implementation of specified training as a minimum.
The aim of this consistent approach to selection and training is to build a national network of Wellbeing Peer Supporters who can then offer mutual aid following a major incident across the country.
This service will improve the quality and consistency of Peer Support and by default will improve the wellbeing of staff, which leads to improved productivity. A trained and supported Peer Support network will build on services already available through current Occupational Health and wellbeing initiatives.
Forces will be able to access materials via Oscar Kilo to enable them to facilitate the establishing or development of the Peer Support network, thus helping to improve the wellbeing of their staff.
Trauma and Post Incident Management
Peer Support forms the foundation for our Emergency Services Trauma Incident Programme (ESTIP). Trained Peer Supporters are eligible to undertake our training courses in this area. Find out more on our Trauma and Post Incident Management page.
Availability and Booking
Details of all the events will be made available on our Events page.
Forces will receive invitations to attend a workshops. Booking onto the sessions can be done directly with the team member who sends the invitation, via the website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org